Friday, September 30, 2016

Theatre on the Hill Guild Showcases Six One Act Plays

September 9-11, 2016

The Theatre on the Hill at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo was host to local playwrights, showcasing six one-act plays as a fund raiser for the Theatre on the Hill Guild. This is the brainchild of Drama Professor Connie Breding and is her third year of directing this particular event. Due to the comedic content in this years offerings, Connie came up with the title "Funny Zone" encompassing all plays involved.

Playwrights and plays presented are Carla C. Crittenden The Colors of Living Life; Carolyn Dittmer My Civic Duty; Andrea Garcia Choir Practice Catastrophe; Julia Newton Silver Lining; Roque Rosales Adding Oranges; and Bob Trowbridge Full Moon at the Rest Stop.

A Silent Auction was also conducted to raise more funds for the Theatre on the Hill Guild and it was very successful as well. Thanks to Carolyn Dittmer for all of her efforts in running this Silent Auction.
AND a huge thanks to businesses in the community who contributed items for the auction.

I apologize now for not having pictures of each play, but my husband, Doug, was able to take pictures at dress rehearsal of The Colors of Living Life which you will see below. I missed dress rehearsal due to illness so I am missing in the pictures, but am in the last photo of the cast along with members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society.

The Colors of Living Life is a play about an imaginary Red Hat chapter in New Mexico called Red or Green Chili Peppers.

L to R: Monica Helm, Kathy Barnes, Jan Wafful, Victoria Kennedy, Keddy Richardson, Ulrike Burgheim and Angela Basurto engaging in conversation while doing adult coloring
Discussion of Leigh Ann Parker's (Kathy) recent marriage
L to R: Monica, Angela, Kathy and Jan as Angela shows off her "substantial" diamond engagement ring
Everyone doing their exercise of the day led by Keddy (standing)
Playing "Happy Birthday" with Kazoos, the official musical instrument of the Red Hat Society
Reaction to an announcement of an upcoming event where they can exercise the official sport of Red Hatting "Shopping"

Front Row L to R: Keddy, Ulrike, Carla Kerr, Gail Swineford, Donna Williams, Victoria. Back Row L to R: Kathy, Angela, Jan W., Monica, Jan Jennings and Trudy Reese. This was taken after the Sunday Matinee outside the Theatre on the Hill.

All of the plays were well received and were paid high compliments by attendees. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to next year when we do it again. Incidentally, the next offering at the Rohovec Theatre on the Hill is Steel Magnolias which is already in rehearsal. You won't want to miss this one! The production dates are November 11-12 and 18-20, 2016 so mark your calendar to remind you.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photographer for taking these pictures for us.

This is all I have to day for now.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Red Hatters Day Trip to Historic Fort Stanton, New Mexico

August 20, 2016

Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico took a day trip to Fort Stanton, New Mexico to explore and learn more history of this fabulous state. It did not turn out exactly as envisioned (State funding has been cut way back) but we made the best of it anyway.

The museum is stock full of antiques and information about the soldiers and Apaches who inhabited the area. One could actually spend the whole day in the museum thoroughly studying and reading all available historical information of this area.

This is a painting over the fireplace in the nurses quarters

This truly was a Hole in the Wall with an explanation

Trudy and Gail standing in front of the Catholic chapel

This tells some of the history of the chapel

These are two of the actors in the "Reenactment" that did not happen this particular day

L to R: Lu, soldier and Gail in front of the barracks

Alice with her handsome hubby Evans and Margie

We asked the gentleman to take our picture (see below) and he got his buddy to take one of him with us. Red Hatters are just so popular.

L to R: Trudy, Queen Ladybird aka Carla, Gail, Lu and Dorothy E.
Alice, Evans and Margie joined us later on. Afterwards, we went to lunch in Capitan, New Mexico and it was quite tasty. It was a FUN trip and we would still like to go back when they have funds to do reenactments again. We toured the soldiers barracks and saw their uniforms and shoes and various other items like spittoons and such.

This is all I have to say for now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Carla Kerr Celebrates Birthday 78

Beautiful birthday bouquet from daughter, Lynne
Carla and Doug celebrating her 78th birthday at Grill 49
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Carla (Crittenden) Kerr, author, playwright, actor, COPE (Center Of Protective Environment) Board Member, Theatre Guild President of the Rohovec Theatre on the Hill at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo and wife of Douglas Kerr recently celebrated her 78th birthday. Douglas took her to the fabulous Grill 49 in Tularosa, New Mexico for a lovely birthday dinner.

If you haven't been there, you need to go! The food is excellent and quite different from the usual bill of fare in these parts. The restaurant is colorful, filled with light, and beautifully appointed. Fabulous art hangs on the walls created by local talent and it is for sale. The location is formerly known as The Tulie Cafe at 313 Granado Street and you will be delighted with the improvements in decor as well as food. They also have a Champagne Brunch on Sundays starting at 10:30am and ending at 2:30pm. Live music is offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

Carla, the birthday girl
Carla, enjoying her creme brulee dessert

Red Hatters Visit Tularosa Basin Historical Museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Members of New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico enjoyed exploring the Tularosa Basin Historical Museum. This is indeed a first class operation and represents so much of the history of the area. It is beautifully appointed and the exhibits are professionally displayed making this a delightful outing.

Afterward, they went to Cowboy's Steak House for lunch. The food was excellent and the conversation stimulating and FUN! The girls played "Happy Birthday" on their kazoos to Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr and gave her gifts and cards in celebration.

Karen and Dorothy E.
VQ Donna and Alice
The lady at the museum volunteered to take this group shot. It took a while because she made sure everyone could be seen.
Flo conversing with Karen
VQ Donna taking a breather along with Alice
Dorothy E. with Darla
Margaret and Flo
Margaret trying to figure out how to wrap her mouth around this burger
L to R: Lynne, Margie and Alice
VQ Donna and Rosanna Heath, our transferee from Roswell, New Mexico
As you can see, Margaret managed that burger just fine!
Flo, and Dorothy E. got caught chowing down
Darla wearing her hat with some pizzazz!
Just a grab shot of the group at lunch
Thanks, Doug, for taking my picture before I left to join the others.
This was a really FUN outing and we all agreed that we need to go back because there is just so much to see in this marvelous museum that we wore out before we really took it all in.

This is all I have to say for now.

Monday, August 1, 2016

New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter Red Hatters Enjoy Games Day

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Members of New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico enjoyed playing games of "Farkle" and "Racko" on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in the home of their Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr.

It was decided that "Racko" would henceforth be known as the "Dorothy Smith" Game because she won every round. Everyone brought sack lunches and tea, coffee and a delicious (they said it was anyway) dessert of peach cobbler were provided by Queen Ladybird. Much enjoyable conversation ensued and everyone had a grand time. Members were provided bags to gather peaches from the tree to take home with them.

Dorothy E. and Dorothy S. in deep conversation
Lu and Trudy looking sparkly
L to R: Queen Ladybird aka Carla, Dorothy E., Dorothy S. and Jean
L to R: Jan signing cards for the ailing and birthdays, Lu and Trudy
L to R: Trudy w/back to us, Karen T. and Jan visiting
Dorothy S. and Dorothy E. (standing)
L to R: Queen Ladybird making room for the game by moving snacks around, Dorothy E. and Dorothy S.
We are all intensely concentrating, learning this new game of "Racko"
L to R: Lu, Trudy, Karen T., Jan and Jean trying to remember how to play "Farkle"
Finally got it figured out and "They're off"
L to R: Carmen joined us, Queen Ladybird, Dorothy E. and Dorothy S.
Our Vice Queen Donna had company and came in late, but doesn't she look wonderful, especially wearing that hat she made!
The game playing continues with gusto
Jean is the score keeper while VQ Donna and Lu look on
By this time, we had decided to name this game the "Dorothy Smith" Game
Cute shot of Trudy
Almost too soon, it is time to go. L to R: Dorothy S., Queen Ladybird and Karen T.
Queen Ladybird and Karen T.
The two Dorothy's plotting something together (here is a peek at my latest acrylic painting setting between them)
We had such a FUN time and will be doing this again. We try to have a games day at least every other month. We are hoping it stretches our brains by learning new games.

Thanks to Douglas A. Kerr, Photography for his very capable photography.

This is all I have to say for now.